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OUP publishes Roald Dahl dictionary

OUP publishes Roald Dahl dictionary

08 June 2016

Roald Dahl is responsible for some of the most phizz-whizzing, wondercrump words in the English language. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, OUP published the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary in June.

Five years in the making, almost 8,000 words—real, invented and ‘gobblefunk’—from Dahl’s children’s writing were researched, analysed and explained by acclaimed lexicographer Dr Susan Rennie, with illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake.

Rennie says: “Roald Dahl built his new words on familiar sounds, so that children could still make sense of them. He also used sounds that children love to say, like squishous and squizzle, or fizzlecrump and fizzwiggler, which makes his stories so much fun to read, whatever age you are.”

A first of its kind, the dictionary has been well received—BBC Weather even joined in the fun, promising a ‘Jumpsquiffling, Whoopsy-splunkers’ day, in honour of the release.